Mallory Edens only tweeted two words but it was enough to remind Seattle basketball fans that their city was used as bait, again. Edens is the daughter of Milwaukee Bucks owner, Wesley Edens. The elder Edens has been pushing the city for a new arena while using relocation to either Las Vegas or Seattle as threats.
It’s become clear that having an open market like Seattle is extremely valuable for teams looking to gain leverage for new arenas, facility upgrades or other items, and most believe no NBA team will ever relocate because the value in having a threat is more than having a team there.
This belief was only reaffirmed on Tuesday when Mallory Edens tweeted two words to Seattle fans:
— Mallory Edens (@MedensEdens) July 28, 2015
The debate over whether or not the relocation threat is an ethical way of doing business will parade on, but it’s the harsh reality of professional sports and many other industries. However, that didn’t stop people from reacting to her tweet, which prompted an apology:
@KjaxandOllie it was a joke, albeit probably an insensitive one. Definitely didn’t mean to offend anyone — sincerest apologies if I did.
— Mallory Edens (@MedensEdens) July 29, 2015
@MedensEdens Do you have any idea how tired we are of being used as bait? No? Didn’t think so. Silver spoon must taste real good to you.
— Graham James (@GHorgdal) July 29, 2015
@MedensEdens You’re welcome, pretty rich girl.
— Edward Jordan (@EJZ206) July 29, 2015
— Peter Fries (@PeterGFries) July 29, 2015
— KODYHiGHROLLER (@kokogrange) July 29, 2015
@MedensEdens Wow. Cold Blooded from the rich girl who won the parent lottery. Stay classy.
— VP (@vp0804) July 28, 2015
@MedensEdens We didn’t want the Bucks. Wouldn’t want that feeling to happen to anyone. Classless comment.
— Dave B (@buffgeo33) July 29, 2015